Hiring a Wedding Videographer
Chances are, if you have decided to hire a wedding videographer, you are nearing the end of your vendor search. I say that because for many couples wedding video is lower priority when it comes to their budget and how they will ultimately spend their money. I think that is changing and will continue to change as video becomes a bigger part of our lives and the way we share online.
Wedding Videography is no different than the photography. If you are looking for real talent, especially on a budget, you should try to book as soon as possible. There are busy seasons, so if your wedding is in June, July, or August, you should probably be more concerned than if your wedding is in January. Don’t procrastinate.
It might be a good idea to talk to your photographer or planner about hiring a videographer. Your photographer or wedding planner may be able to suggest a vendor who they have worked with in the past who is non obtrusive and produces quality work.
Most reputable wedding videographers have reviews of their work, or link to their wedding video Facebook page. Check that out. See how they interact with their clients. You can tell a lot about how a company operates from looking through their Facebook feed and it doesn’t take a lot of time.
The main thing to remember is that you should set your budget before you start shopping.
You don’t have to stick to it penny for penny, but you shouldn’t spend twice what you planned. Be sure to compare only videographers who are in your budget and offering all the things you want. I don’t think it’s silly to do a pro’s and con’s list if it helps you decide how best to spend your money. Don’t get sucked into spending more than you need to or sacrificing hours or footage you originally wanted to have. Just make sure if you want getting-ready footage, ceremony footage, and reception footage that you are not locked into a number of hours that is too limiting. Personally, we don’t do our weddings per hour. We just film all day. Honestly, it’s silly to make a client decide what they must miss. Our attitude is that we are not going to get anything else done that day anyway, why not just make things easy on our bride/groom and film everything.
So, if you are looking for a wedding videographer and are lost, then Google is really a great place to start. Vendors can’t pay to be at the top of a Google search. The can pay to be in the ads, but it takes time, experience, and expertise to get to the top spots of an organic search. Using sites like THE KNOT to find your vendors can offer an easy experience and I will not discourage you from going that route. I think everyone should know that those vendors pay to be there and only vendors willing to give THE KNOT hundreds of dollars a year are available on the site. That means that some of your small mom+pop operations probably aren’t going to be listed on those sites.
If you are on the fence about hiring a wedding videographer I really think you will regret it if you don’t. Maybe not tomorrow or next week, but at some point. Pictures simply cannot capture the memories and audio the way video can. Here are ten real reasons to hire a wedding videographer. And, once you have found some videography companies that suit your needs, here are 8 questions you have to ask them.